Friday, September 19, 2008

About the US teen killed in latest Yemen attack.

Remember the Lackawanna 6?

Her cousin is the 7th member...
and yet is walking around as free as a bird in Yemen. Irony of ironies, the question is - was he involved in the attack that took his cousin's life?

A teenager from Lackawanna, N.Y., was killed this week in the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen, and authorities said Thursday that they were investigating whether a group of militants believed to be linked to Al Qaeda -- which allegedly includes her cousin as a senior member in that country -- was responsible.

Susan Elbaneh, 18, and her Yemeni husband, Abdul Jaleel, whom she had just married on a trip her ancestral homeland, were among the 17 people killed in the well-coordinated attack Wednesday in Sana, the Yemeni capital, relatives and State Department officials said.

Terror: keeping it all in the family.

Friends and family Thursday described Susan Elbaneh as an outgoing and popular girl, the second of eight siblings, who would never have anything to do with terrorism.

Jaber Elbaneh, in contrast, was a salesman and taxi driver around Lackawanna who long ago fell in with a group of militants and went to Yemen, his birthplace, where, according to the FBI, he became one of the local Al Qaeda affiliate's most influential members.

Jaber Elbaneh, 42, is on the FBI’s most-wanted-terrorists list and has a $5-million U.S. bounty on his head. He has been indicted by a federal grand jury in New York for allegedly being the seventh member of the controversial Lackawanna Six, a group of Yemeni-American men imprisoned for traveling to an Al Qaeda training camp in 2001.

Like I said, he's
free as a bird while the Feds and the Justice Dept dither.

FBI and the Justice Department have tried to have Elbaneh extradited to the United States on those charges. The Yemeni government has responded that its constitution prohibits such extraditions, and at times it has allowed Elbaneh and some other alleged senior members of Al Qaeda's Yemen operation to walk free as long as they promise not to launch attacks inside the country, one top FBI counter-terrorism official said.

"We know where he is, the Yemenis know where he is . . . and we'd like the Yemenis to give him to us, but that's not really in the cards," another senior federal law enforcement official said Thursday.

Not in the cards, he says. Our navy was attacked, our embassy has been attacked - how many times now? This scum, Elbaneh, wants to attack us. And this joker says it's not in the cards. Disgusting.